Suspect reportedly used rocks to kill man found dead by Pinal County gravel pit

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MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Pinal County authorities arrested a 22-year-old man for first-degree murder after a body was found near a gravel pit Aug. 17.

County employees found the man's body near a gravel pit at Farrell and Hidden Valley roads. Workers were driving heavy equipment in the area when they noticed the body.

Homicide investigators took over the investigation as there were obvious signs of foul play.

The victim was identified as Carlos Pablo, 45, from the Ak-Chin Reservation.

Through interviews, detectives were able to determine that Pablo was last with an acquaintance named Terrance Peters.

According to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Peters admitted that he and Pablo got into a physical fight after they had been drinking and he knocked Pablo to the ground then threw large rocks at him until he died.

Peters was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count of first-degree murder.